“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,
faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
I Peter 4:10
The Ormond Regional Library sponsors a gardening program once a month and this month I did a demonstration on Fairy Gardens including information on fairies, herbs for fairy gardens and accessorizing your fairy garden. Information on fairies and fairy garden herbs can be found in this earlier post from last year’s Butterfly & Herb Festival at Full Moon Natives & Herbs – “Fairy Gardens” will be featured again at this year’s festival on Saturday, April 2o, 2013 from 10am-2pm!
This demonstration concentrated on accessorizing or perhaps a better description would be re-accessorizing your fairy garden. I brought two fairy gardens to give some ideas on how you can change the plants and accessories to freshen your garden from time to time plus shared some of the fairies favorites:
- Paths (stones, pea gravel, wood chips), fences (popsicle sticks, twigs), etc.
- Shiny stones like marble attract fairies
- Fairies love looking at their reflections (ponds, gazing balls)
- Faeries like to be recognized as part of the garden with statues
- You can string bells up to alert you as to when the fairies visit.
The first was a “beach house” fairy garden in which I changed some of the plants and accessories since last summer.
Topiaries of Old Fashioned Rose Scented Geranium were added to represent tropical palm trees . . .
. . . along with additional shells along the fence surrounding the fairy beach cabana, shell pool and marble-topped golf tee gazing ball!
The second was the home of “Ginny,” the fairy who loves to appear and interrupt my demonstration with suggestions! It was time to freshen up her garden this spring.
The bush basil trees which were now bare were removed along with most of the accessories to make way for the addition of recent finds!
A pond was added and one of the participants was kind enough to share a dragonfly and a frog for even more whimsy
A trellis at the end of the path replaced the basil trees and a couple cute fairies statues added to the new look.
A couple other fairy gardens in my landscape feature some other accessories:
This fairy ring garden has twig arches and wood button mushrooms along with a terra cotta fairy . . .
. . . and this “broken pot” layered fairy garden includes a twig bench, miniature terra cotta pots and a shadow fairy overlooking all of it!